Diane Truly & Andreas Nakic

Silvia Wojczewski

Screening of Liebe und Wut (Love and Rage, dir. Jule Ritter, 2015, 52 min.)
followed by Skype discussion with Diane Truly and Andreas Nakic

Diane Truly

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1943. Raised in South Dakota and Minnesota. Went away to college in Boulder, Colorado in 1961. Became pregnant by an Ethiopian man in November, 1961. Gave birth In August, 1962 and gave my son up for adoption through Catholic Charities. Stayed in touch to be sure he was adopted and offered to take him back if no home were found. They lied by claiming he was adopted when he wasn’t. Starting in 1981 searched for my son through search registries, detectives, a visit to Catholic Charities and the internet. Moved to California in 1963 and have worked, lived and raised my other two children here.

Andreas (Andy) Nakic

Born in August, 1962 to Diane Truly and Bekele Wolde Semayat in Denver, Colorado. Adopted in November, 1965 by a German national and a German American. Taken to Germany in 1967. Became a Martial Arts teacher and works with schools to promote
non-violent problem solving. Decided in August, 2013 to search for mother. Promptly found her because she was registered on the internet site adoption.com.Am searching internationally for my father but have not found him yet.

Moderator: Rosemarie Peña, Rutgers University
Conference Screening of Liebe und Wut (Love and Rage, dir. Jule Ritter, 2015, 52 min.) followed by Skype discussion with Diane Truly and Andreas Nakic


How people of color experience living in Germany

What is it like to be a black person in Germany? News anchor Jana Pareigis traveled across Germany and met other black people living in the country, including artist Robin Rhode, and rapper Samy Deluxe. READ MORE

Remapping Black Germany

New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture
A major contribution to Black-German studies

In 1984 at the Free University of Berlin, the African American poet Audre Lorde asked her Black, German-speaking women students about their identities. The women revealed that they had no common term to describe themselves and had until then lacked a way to identify their shared interests and concerns. Out of Lorde’s seminar emerged both the term “Afro-German” (or “Black German”) and the 1986 publication of the volume that appeared in English translation as Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out. The book launched a movement that has since catalyzed activism and scholarship in Germany.

Remapping Black Germany collects thirteen pieces that consider the wide array of issues facing Black German groups and individuals across turbulent periods, spanning the German colonial period, National Socialism, divided Germany, and the enormous outpouring of Black German creativity after 1986.

In addition to the editor, the contributors include Robert Bernasconi, Tina Campt, Maria I. Diedrich, Maureen Maisha Eggers, Fatima El-Tayeb, Heide Fehrenbach, Dirk Göttsche, Felicitas Jaima, Katja Kinder, Tobias Nagl, Katharina Oguntoye, Peggy Piesche, Christian Rogowski, and Nicola Lauré al-Samarai.



imageSelam Berlin!
Good Evening. It is so good to see all your beautiful faces tonight. Thank You so much for coming out. My Name is Maisha Auma, I am from the organisation Generation Adefra, Black Women in Germany.
I would like to begin by thanking the organizers of this march for their hard work and their dedication. Lets show them some love. Thank you so much. This is the second Black Lives Matter Berlin March. Thank you to the organizers of the First March as well, which was held here two weeks ago.
I would like to say three things very shortly:
Let me begin by remembering the initiation of The Black Lives Matter Movement, which was on July 13th of 2013 (almost exactly three years ago) directly after the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was not held accountable by a Florida Court. I was online at that very moment. I remember the outpouring of grief coming out through all channels of Black Life. I remember the shock and the numbness that followed it.
It was at this very moment that Alicia Garza, like the rest of us Black Folks, filled with grief and disbelief, took to Facebook, and posted a statement. This is how she concluded her statement:
“Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter,” READ MORE